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DC Defines Pepper Spray as a Firearm
Townhall ^ | Aug 04, 2014 | Crystal Wright

Posted on 08/04/2014 7:17:24 AM PDT by BulletBobCo

Just when I thought the District of Columbia government couldn’t stoop to new lows of incompetence and non-sensical behavior, it does. Apparently, self-defense spray is defined as a firearm in DC and must be registered by its owner with the Metropolitan Police Department. I kid you not! You heard me correctly. The DC Police wants to make it even more difficult for people, especially women, in a town where it’s tortuous to purchase a gun to use in self-defense.

Recently, US District Judge Frederick J. Schulling Jr. ruled DC’s ban on people carrying guns in public was unconstitutional. Yet, DC lawmakers and the Police department demonstrate a tenacity for trying to make it onerous for residents to legally defend themselves against maniacs.

How did I stumble upon this little gem of lunacy? My neighbor who lives in DC has an 18-year old daughter who decided it was probably a good idea that she carried some pepper spray to defend herself in the city and when she heads off to college in South Carolina later this month. She explained to me when she went to buy the pepper spray at the Ace Hardware store in the Tenley Town neighborhood of DC, the sales clerk handed her the “The District of Columbia Self-Defense Spray Registration Form” which is part of the Gun Control and Firearms Registration.

To say that she and her mother were perplexed and stunned by the request was an understatement. The law requires a person be a minimum of 18 years old or older to own self-defense sprays because I guess it wouldn’t make any sense to allow teenagers to defend themselves against predators and the like.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: banglist; dcmetroarea; dcvheller; emilymiller; firearms; pepperspray; selfdefense; waronwomen

1 posted on 08/04/2014 7:17:24 AM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: BulletBobCo

Actually, most States did for a very long time. VA did when I prosecuted there. It’s a bit more complicated but that’s pretty much the truth of it.


2 posted on 08/04/2014 7:19:19 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: BulletBobCo

Well, if you can pretend you can have matrimony without anybody built to be a mater, you can pretend that a firearm does not have to fire solid objects. Depending on how it is worded, flavored PAM might be considered a firearm.


3 posted on 08/04/2014 7:19:29 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Flavored SPAM would be considered a deadly weapon ! lol


4 posted on 08/04/2014 7:20:51 AM PDT by timestax (American Media = Domestic Enemy)
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To: BulletBobCo

Maybe they object to the packaging.

5 posted on 08/04/2014 7:21:04 AM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: BulletBobCo

Teenager is going to college in SC, she can buy what she wants when she gets there.


6 posted on 08/04/2014 7:21:43 AM PDT by wrench
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To: BulletBobCo
This is the real War on Women.

8 posted on 08/04/2014 7:22:53 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: BulletBobCo

The DC government is on the side of criminals because they’re criminals too.


9 posted on 08/04/2014 7:23:31 AM PDT by BinaryBoy ("Immigration Reform" is ballot stuffing)
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To: BulletBobCo

Buy hornet/wasp spray before they regulate it, too. Probably works better than the mace she wanted to purchase.


10 posted on 08/04/2014 7:28:15 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: BulletBobCo

I just ordered a new can to carry on the mobility scooter.


11 posted on 08/04/2014 7:29:31 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: BulletBobCo

Next thing you know they will declare a cross-bow a fire arm.


12 posted on 08/04/2014 7:34:21 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Hi Swampsniper!

Good to see you have your sense of humor!

Have you told Jim? LOL


13 posted on 08/04/2014 7:35:59 AM PDT by 3D-JOY
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To: BulletBobCo

Another example of what happens when liberals get control of government. They are a danger to personal safety and prosperity, just as F.A. Hayek predicted in Road to Serfdom.


14 posted on 08/04/2014 7:37:20 AM PDT by theBuckwheat
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To: DocRock

Bear spray ...... I’m wondering if that would be restricted .... and it will put a man DOWN.


15 posted on 08/04/2014 7:41:30 AM PDT by Qiviut ( One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. (W.E. Johns)
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To: BulletBobCo

And a clenched fist as a deadly weapon if used against your overlords.


16 posted on 08/04/2014 7:42:33 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: DocRock

Every single one of my female friends that live alone has a can of wasp spray next to their bed.....because I bought it for them. ;)


17 posted on 08/04/2014 7:42:39 AM PDT by sheana
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To: BulletBobCo

ALTERNATE TITLE:

DC Wants Subjects to be Entirely Defenseless Against Lawless Thugs and New Young “Immigrants”


18 posted on 08/04/2014 7:50:10 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: DocRock

A ball point pen rammed into the ear of the attacker will kill him. Oops, hope they don’t read this.


19 posted on 08/04/2014 7:50:36 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: MRourke85

*DC rapists cheer!*

It sounds like DC is very concerned about rapist rights and not so much about the victims.


20 posted on 08/04/2014 7:52:28 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: BulletBobCo

So which politician/judge/da/lawyer got pepper sprayed for patting the wrong backside?


21 posted on 08/04/2014 7:54:54 AM PDT by Darksheare (I don't have a copy. one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: DocRock

DC banned mace/pepper spray for years, ostensibly because criminals were using it to help mug people.

Criminals, being criminals, didn’t let it’s unavailability in the District deter them, they just started using the small bottles of EZOff oven cleaner.

DC ultimately reversed the ban (although put in registration restrictions, apparantly) under the auspices that it was better to lose a wallet or purse than a wallet or purse AND eyesight.


22 posted on 08/04/2014 8:00:01 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: BulletBobCo

DC ‘government’ is firmly in the hands of the melanin enhanced “Where da white girls” persons.

That being a given, then to protect their own, said persons would make every effort to render their victims helpless.


23 posted on 08/04/2014 8:08:54 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est. Because of what Islam is - and for what Muslims do.)
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To: BulletBobCo

I smell a business opportunity.


24 posted on 08/04/2014 8:21:45 AM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: BulletBobCo

As I said, they don’t want normal, non-violent people to defend themselves, but instead deliberately and intentionally leave guns in the hands of violent criminals.


25 posted on 08/04/2014 8:35:50 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: BulletBobCo

Wasp Spray is still legal, albeit not pocket-sized. . .


26 posted on 08/04/2014 8:35:57 AM PDT by Salgak (Peace through Superior Firepower. . . .)
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27 posted on 08/04/2014 8:36:11 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: DocRock; Qiviut; sheana; Salgak
These articles are worth a look. The author of the first one endorses Fox pepper spray, so take it with a grain of salt. The second one seems to be solid neutral advice.

The Myth of Wasp Spray

Does Bear Spray or Wasp Spray work for Self-Defense?

28 posted on 08/04/2014 8:58:39 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Leaning Right

I absolutely agree with getting pepper spray for humans if that’s what you’re worried about & using bear spray for bears. However, if some place like DC won’t let you get human spray so you can defend yourself AND they don’t give you a registration form for bear spray (I have no idea what the situation is regarding purchasing bear spray - I’m speculating), then I’ll take my chances with bear spray. 2.5 million per 3 million ..... I’m thinking a fog of pepper spray is going to be better than nothing & I’ve heard from credible folks that it will put a man down if they get a face full.

As for the wasp/hornet spray, it’s nasty stuff but I haven’t heard of it being used in lieu of pepper spray. I’d never use it. The ultimate irony is that some female somewhere is going to use it on an attacker, survive somehow, and get sued by the attacker for using it on them. The way this world is upside down these days, I have no doubt it’s just a matter of time.


29 posted on 08/04/2014 9:37:49 AM PDT by Qiviut ( One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. (W.E. Johns)
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To: Qiviut

Wasp/hornet spray can travel as far as 40 feet. Nasty stuff.


30 posted on 08/04/2014 10:07:49 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

Wasp/hornet spray can travel as far as 40 feet. Nasty stuff.

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I engage in an activity where we occasionally (couple of times in the late summer months) disturb ‘ground bee’ nests (also called yellow jackets). We use the wasp/hornet spray to knock the nests out from a distance because the bees are really, really mad & you can’t get very close at that point. The only problem is that the bees away from the nests gallivanting around the countryside are some kind of pi$$ed off when they come back to the nest & find it destroyed! The spray smells terrible and you definitely want to avoid breathing any fumes.


31 posted on 08/04/2014 10:34:20 AM PDT by Qiviut ( One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides. (W.E. Johns)
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To: Salgak
Wasp Spray is still legal, albeit not pocket-sized. . .

And totally ineffective.

32 posted on 08/04/2014 10:55:53 AM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: BulletBobCo
The DC Police wants to make it even more difficult for people, especially women, in a town where it’s tortuous to purchase a gun to use in self-defense.

I had a sobering experience of that reality when I helped my daughter move into the Georgetown campus.
Two weeks prior a student couple returning to campus just before midnight, within the campus "housing area" experienced a DC rape and murders. Not far from a world class restaurant.

This was 1993, and all indications are that it is now much worse.

33 posted on 08/04/2014 12:16:11 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: BulletBobCo

People need to stop visiting these places. If you cannot defend your own life or that of your family, no tourist attraction will lure me in. Period.


34 posted on 08/04/2014 2:43:51 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: BulletBobCo

New York City does that too, based on what I last heard. There are like 3 pharmacies that will sell it, and then only after you fill out the paper.


35 posted on 08/04/2014 7:23:59 PM PDT by BobL
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To: BulletBobCo

No worries. When she gets to South Carolina she can buy practically anything she wants.


36 posted on 08/04/2014 7:34:13 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storarned m chaser from the west)/?s)
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To: BulletBobCo

Massachusetts requires an FID card and registration for pepper spray.


37 posted on 08/04/2014 7:36:10 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: BulletBobCo

don’t all postal carriers carry it?

are they all criminals to be arrested?


38 posted on 08/04/2014 8:44:41 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: BulletBobCo





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39 posted on 08/08/2014 4:49:47 PM PDT by devolve (- - Balack Hussein Ebola the Turd --)
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